Effects of an Afrocentric Summer Program on African American Adolescents' Locus of Control
Previous research showed that Afrocentric programs have had a positive effect on African American adolescents' self-esteem, social skills, environmental and cultural awareness, and locus of control. Internal locus of control has shown many instances of having a positive effect on academic performance. The study was designed to test the effects of an Afrocentric summer program with African American Youth's locus of control. Thirty-one African American male and female youths who attended the 7-week Children's Defense Funds programs in Kalamazoo, Michigan acted as participants. The participants, ages 11-17, took a pretest a week prior to the program's start and a post-test on the last day of the program. The Rotter (1966) Internal-External Locus of Control Scale was used and the differences between the scores would be compared for significance. A test will also be done to look for significant differences between pretest and post-test scores . .It is expected that the results will yield significant differences indicating that the Afrocentric summer program leads to higher locus of control. The increase of high internality will correlate with the African American youth's academic achievements.